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Tech for Company

In this century, it is become vital to use technology to improve business and for them to stay in the competition. It is not possible for businesses to wear all the hats and do all the things. This track is for those who want to build technology to support the growth of companies, small and medium businesses.

Tech for Farm

The global agribusiness landscape is shifting. Myanmar need innovative ideas and products for this shifting landscape. It needs to come from entrepreneurs and startups. This track is for those who want to bring unique views and concepts, to assist advance the agricultural field to become smarter, more efficient and more dominant, for the benefit of key stakeholders in farming.

Tech for Life

Technology is becoming a part of our daily life. Innovative services and products need to be created to be more inclusive of the people to create more equal opportunities among people. This track is for those who want to promote innovative and creative technologies to help people in improving education, security, healthcare, communication, employment and life.

Startup Challenge, Myanmar’s only startup idea competition, is now hosting a 9-days long intensive competition, designed to help you with modelling your business ideas around the four key areas. It will be held during July at Phandeeyar 628/636 Merchant Road, (10th Floor, Royal River View Condo) Between 29th and, 30th St, Yangon.

Participants do not need expertise on any of the specific sectors; Phandeeyar is bringing topic experts to train and mentor participants before and throughout the competition. All participants will be mentored to develop business models using the Lean Canvas, which is an essential startup building/idea prototyping tool used around the globe.


Startup Challenge is ideal for people who already have a business idea or are interested in working with startups. People who have already started their business but want to refine their business model are also welcome to join. It doesn’t matter if you are entrepreneur, designer, developer, engineer, marketer, accountant or student. If you have business idea or are interested in working with startups, you should join Phandeeyar Startup Challenge 2018.


Apply Now at “Here” or sign up for our information session and track workshops below:

Join our ideation bootcamp!

You don’t have an idea for a startup or you want to improve your startup ideas or get feedback for your startup ideas, we strongly suggest you join Startup Challenge Ideation Bootcamp. We will help you to come up with new ideas, determine the next steps, and even recruit potential co-founders.

This intensive, hand on workshop will begins with talks by leading industry leaders designed to give you input and problems sets on Tech of Companies, Tech for Life, Tech for Farm and Tech for City sectors and follow up with practical exercises to work on your idea. Then, attendees can share their ideas with both Startup Challenge coaches and peers to receive constructive feedback.

Join us now and make different!

Bootcamp 1: Tech for Company (Saturday: 19th May 2018 @10 am to 4 pm)

Register now for Bootcamp 1

Bootcamp 2: Tech for Life (Saturday: 26th May 2018 @10 am to 4 pm)

Register now for Bootcamp 2

Startup Challenge : Weekly Ideation Bootcamp (Thursday: 07 June 2018 @6 pm to 8 pm)

Register now for Bootcamp 3

Bootcamp 2: Tech for Farm (Wednesday: 14th July 2018 @ 6 pm to 8 pm)

Register now for Bootcamp 4

If you have any question regarding the Startup Challenge 2018, kindly find below for Frequently Asked Questions or contact Phandeeyar at 09 966 313 504 or email us at


Q. What is Startup Challenge?

A. It’s a competition to see who can build the best business model starting from a business idea within one week. We want to see who can get the furthest in building an actual business – such as a product prototype, marketing channels, financial plan, and maybe even finding some initial customers.

Q. How can I apply for Startup Challenge?

A. You can apply via this link.

Q. When are the applications due?

A. We will close our applications on 19 July 2018.

Q. Where is it held at?

A. Startup Challenge 2018 will be held at Phandeeyar 628/636 Merchant Road, (10th Floor, Royal River View Condo) Between 29th and, 30th St, Yangon.

Q. How long is the event?

A. Startup Challenge will take place from 20 to 29 July 2018.

Q. Who should participate in Startup Challenge?

A. Anyone who wants to learn to build a business around following sector: Tech for Company, Tech for Life, Tech for Farm or Tech for City.

Q. Is there a fee involved in joining startup challenge?

A. There is no fee involved in joining startup challenge

Q. What is the maximum number of applicants for this event?

A. There is no limit on the number of applicants. Last year, we had over 200 participants.

Q. What is the age limit for this event?

A. There is no age limit. We can recommend aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in starting startups.

Q. If I’m interested, who do I contact to apply?

A. You can contact entrepreneurship program team via or 09 966 313 504.

Q. Do I get to participate once I submit the application form?

A. No. We will send out the confirmation email to those who accepted into the challenge.

Q. If I’m an applicant, what are things I need to know before I apply?

A. You can come to one of our Startup Challenge Ideation Bootcamps learn everythings.

Q. I don’t have skills or experience in building a business. Can I still join?

A. YES. We welcome anyone who either has a business idea, or have skills that will be useful for business: such as marketing, finance, business development, software development, etc. We have a series of workshops lined up to teach you how to build a business model using the Lean Canvas – which is a widely used tool all over the world.

Q. What are the Startup Challenge Sector?

  • Tech for Companies
  • Tech for Farm
  • Tech for Life

Check Details above

Q. Do I have to choose one?

A. Yes, you need to choose one track to be eligible to compete in Startup Challenge.

Q. How many people do we need to form a team?

A. The minimum number of people per team is 2 and maximum of 3 people per team.

Q. Do I need to be in a team before the Challenge Starts?

A. NO. Don’t worry if you’re not in a team yet – we can help you find teammates.

Q. I have a job and can’t work on this full time. Does that matter?

A. NO. Most budding entrepreneurs have jobs! This is a one week challenge so people can work on this on the weekend (and/or evenings) or whenever they have spare time.

Q. Can our company or startup enter Startup Challenge?

A. YES. Companies (especially Startups) are welcome to participate.

Q. Does the business idea have to be a technology based idea – such as an app, or e-commerce?

A. NO. Any business idea is welcome. However, we highly encourage the businesses to incorporate technology in their business model.

Q. Does it matter if I’ve never participated in a business competition or a “hackathon”?

A. NO. We’ll explain everything.

Q. Can I participate if I don’t live in Yangon?

A. YES. We’ll post all the information you need online. HOWEVER, at least one team member will need to come to Yangon on the final day (Sunday) to do the final presentation in front of the judges.

Q. Can we work on the Startup Challenge at Phandeeyar?

A. YES – Phandeeyar will be open on the entire week during July if teams want to work there.

Q. Do we have to work at Phandeeyar?

A. NO. You can work wherever you want. We’ll have good internet, food, drinks and a cool vibe, but you don’t have to work at Phandeeyar.

Q. Can I participate by myself?

A. NO, but you just need one more person to meet the minimum requirement of 2 people per team. If you don’t have a team, DON’T WORRY. We can help you find one. Just come to the opening ceremony on Saturday.